8 TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS-HOFFMAN AUTO RACING ANNOUNCES SPRINT CAR DRIVERS FOR 2007 COONS JR. RETURNS ON DIRT, DAVE STEELE IN THE PAVEMENT CAR Loveland, OH (Dec 19, 2007) -- Hoffman Auto Racing(HAR), the winningest Team in...
8 TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS-HOFFMAN AUTO RACING ANNOUNCES SPRINT CAR DRIVERS FOR 2007
COONS JR. RETURNS ON DIRT, DAVE STEELE IN THE PAVEMENT CAR
Loveland, OH (Dec 19, 2007) -- Hoffman Auto Racing(HAR), the winningest Team in the history of USAC National Sprint Car Racing with 8 USAC National Sprint Car Championships, and 68 National feature wins, announced today that USAC veteran and defending USAC National Midget
Champion Jerry Coons Jr. will return to drive the famous #69 on dirt, with USAC pavement superstar Dave Steele driving the pavement Kroger/Tide/Bounty/Pringles/Mopar sprinter.
Jerry Coons Jr. is a native of Tuscon Arizona. Jerry is one of USAC's most talented drivers. He won 2 USAC National races for HAR in 2006, and also won the $30,000 Ultimate Challenge at Oskaloosa Iowa. Jerry won the 2006 USAC National Midget Championship in the Wilke Pak car after finishing in the runner up spot in 2005. Jerry finished 6th in the USAC National Sprint car Championship, even though he only ran the dirt races. "I am looking forward to being back in 2007 and winning races with the Hoffman's. Hopefully the combination of Dave (Steele) and I can win another championship for the Hoffman Team", said Jerry Coons Jr.
Dave Steele , a native of Florida , has become a USAC star since starting to run with the organization in 1993. Dave has won 2 USAC Silver Crown Championships , won in all 3 USAC National Divisions from 2001-2005, has 16 career Silver Crown wins, 26 National Sprint Car wins, and was the first driver to win in the new Silver Crown pavement cars. "It is great to join a Team with a winning tradition. I also have a history of winning, the combination is exciting" said Dave Steele.
"We have had much success with Jerry in 2005 and 2006. He and Rob (Hoffman) are communicating well , and winning races. Jerry is a pleasure to work with , he drives the car hard each and every race. We want to welcome Dave (Steele) to the Hoffman Racing Family. Dave has the same goal as we do, winning . We anticipate a great year on pavement with Dave . After many years of admiring Dave's skills, it will be a thrill to see Dave drive our car. The combination of Jerry and Dave will make HAR a Team to be reckoned with in 2007", said Richard Hoffman, President of Hoffman Auto Racing.
Hoffman Auto Racing (HAR) competes in the Sprint Car and Silver Crown Divisions of the United States Auto Club (USAC). HAR was founded in 1929 by August (Gus) Hoffman. Three generations of Hoffman's are involved with the Team, including Gus's great grandchildren A.J. and Lauren, who have begun their quartermidget careers. HAR is the all time leader in USAC National Sprint Car Team victories with 68, and National Championships with 8. HAR also has 7 Silver Crown victories, for a total of 75 National wins. HAR celebrates 78 years of competition in 2007.
Highlights of the Team's history include:
- 1929-1960 Gus campaigned Sprint Cars and Midgets, his drivers included Eddie Sachs, and Don Branson
- 1964 Gus's son Richard became co-owner of the Team
- 1973-1984 HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts
- 1989 HAR won the first of 8 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief('92,'93,'96,'97,'99,'02,'04)
- HAR is the winingest Team in USAC Sprint Car history
- 2003 recognized for excellence by the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives
Drivers of note:
Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Tracy Hines, JJ Yeley, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Irwin Jr, Rich Vogler, Dave Darland, Johnny Parsons Jr., Tim Richmond, Jay Drake, Brian Tyler, Robbie Stanley, Eric Gordon, Steve Butler, Jerry Coons Jr. and Dave Steele.